Today was a cold day, despite the sun shining. It really only means one thing… that we’re nearing winter! And autumn/winter is basically the season for apples and pears and other core fruit. So those living in Sydney, Australia, now is a good time to be pulling out those apple desserts!
I have never actually made an apple crumble before. I didn’t think it would be too complicated to make it either. And I was right. In fact, from the skills and expertise (cough cough*) that I developed over the span of my baking desserts, I learnt an easy way to make a crumble. For the apple filling, I basically threw in whatever I felt was necessary (like cinnamon and cloves, which are great flavours that go with apples, especially for hot desserts like this). So yes, finally, I didn’t use a recipe!
Unlike most apple crumbles, mine separates the baking of the apple and the crumble, and as a result, you need to consider how to plate up. Serve it with either ice cream or some whipped cream, in a martini glass. Because that looks fancier.
- 5 large apples, cored, peeled and cubed (I suggest granny smith, because they are quite tough and will hold their shape. If you want a softer type of apple filling, red delicious is the way to go)
- 75g caster sugar
- 250ml water
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
- 3 cloves
- 150g plain flour
- 75g unsalted butter
- 100g brown sugar
- 50g rolled oats
- Place cubed apples, sugar, water, cinnamon and cloves into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir mixture to allow sugar and cinnamon to dissolve. Once mixture reaches boiling point, turn heat to low and allow apples to simmer for 10 minutes or until apples are very soft. Remove from heat and strain mixture to remove the water. Remove the cloves and set aside.
- While apples are simmering, preheat the oven to 180C. Prepare the crumble by placing flour and butter in a food processor. Pulse mixture until just combined, then add the sugar and oats. Process until mixture just comes together to form crumbs. Scatter crumble mixture over a large baking tray and place in the oven for 10 minutes or until crumble is evenly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- To serve, place some crumble at the bottom of a glass (or bowl), then place some apple filling over the top. Finish with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream. Serve warm.
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